Beach going, vacationing and other summer traditions are well underway. Also underway is open registration for Craven Community College’s (Craven CC) fall semester. While new or returning students may not want to think of fall in the middle of summer, now is the best time to start the enrollment process, according to Zomar Peter, dean of enrollment management at Craven CC.
“While we do our best to move students through the process as quickly as possible, some steps like financial aid and obtaining transcripts over the summer take time to complete,” said Peter. She stressed that current and prospective students make financial aid appointments as soon as possible. The admissions and advising staff are accepting walk-in students. Peter said that the college is also accepting applications for scholarships.
When considering a decision to come to Craven CC for the first time, many prospective students have reported that location and cost are key factors. Other decision factors include the low student:faculty ratio of 14:1 (2015-16), and the comprehensive articulation agreement where students who are in good academic standing are guaranteed admission at one of the state’s public universities.
Craven CC business administration student Damonte Stancil came to the college because of affordability and familiarity for this Vanceboro resident. He has not yet registered for fall because he is waiting to meet with his program advisor to ensure he is taking the correct classes for degree completion of his degree and May 2018 graduation. Stancil plans on pursuing a bachelor’s degree at N.C. Wesleyan College on the Craven CC campus.
While Craven CC offers classes at three locations, around 60% of students enroll in online classes or hybrid classes, which are a combination of classroom and online course delivery. The college offers nine associate degree programs, 10 diplomas and 23 certifications that can be completed online.
In addition to Craven CC’s academics there are programs and partnerships that assist students to transfer or allow them to complete a bachelor’s degree program without leaving Craven County. For example, the C-STEP program is designed to help students transfer to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and the N.C. State Engineering program offers a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering systems at Craven CC’s Havelock campus.
For military students, the college offers specialized Veterans Administration benefits advising and the Military Affairs Resource Center. The Havelock campus offers a three-semester weekend college to fit the schedule of active-duty personnel and working professionals.
The summer registration hours are in effect until Friday, August 11: Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The hours of final registration for regular term semester is the week of August 14: Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For more information, contact the New Bern campus at 252-638-7200, Havelock campus at 252-444-6005 or the MCAS Cherry Point office at 252-444-6000. Visit the college’s website at www.cravencc.edu.
Deborah Kania is the director of communications at Craven Community College.
The article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.